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The Latest on Faculty, Staff, and Students March 2013



In January, piano faculty member Emanuel Ax (Pre-College ’66; Diploma ’70, Postgraduate Diploma ’72, piano) released Variations (Sony), an album that features variations and études by Beethoven, Haydn, Schumann, and Copland. 

Contents May Have Shifted, by dance faculty member Janis Brenner, was revived at the Joyce Theater in January and February in a program called Working Women that also featured a piece by Loni Landon (BFA ’05,dance).

In January, Per Brevig (Diploma ’67, Postgraduate Diploma ’67, BM ’68, DMA ’71, trombone) conducted the Strathmere Festival Orchestra in an all-Beethoven program consisting of the Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3 (with David Oei, Pre-College ’69; ’72, piano), and Symphony No. 5 at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village

In February, dance faculty member Terese Capucilli performed with Buglisi Dance Theater at the Joyce Theater. 

In January, New Music Box posted a video that featured Evening Division faculty member Conrad Cummings. 

Christopher Durang, co-director of the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, and Michael Kahn, the director emeritus of the Drama Division, were among the inductees to the Theater Hall of Fame in January. Kahn was introduced by Christine Baranski (Group 3).

Chamber music faculty member Curtis Macomber (BM ’74, MM ’75, DMA ’78, violin) recorded Laura Schwendinger’s Chiaroscurro Azzurro for Violin and Chamber Orchestra with the Madison (Wisc.) Sinfonietta. The recording was released in December on Schwendinger’s Three Works (Albany). Macomber is also a featured soloist on Martin Boykan: Orchestral Works, which he recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and which will be released on the group’s label on March 5.

After 50 years as the director and co-founder of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, violin faculty member Lewis Kaplan (Pre-College ’51; BS ’58, MS ’60, violin) will be stepping down from leadership at the end of the summer festival’s 2014 season. 

Dance faculty member François Perron was featured in the Dance Magazine’s summer study guide “Big Apple Alternatives—Three Small New York Intensives Where Ballet Students Thrive.” 

Evening Division faculty member Henning Rübsam (BFA ’91, dance) presented his company, Sensedance, in January at New York City’s Peridance. A film about the company’s Peru tour called Another Tour is at


Bärli Nugent (B.M. ’76, M.M. ’77, flute) joined the board of Chamber Music America in July. 

Special Projects Office intern Paulette Penzvalto organized and sang at a holiday benefit at an AIDS hospice run by the Missionaries of Charity in Greenwich Village.

In February, Benjamin Sosland (MM ’03, DMA ’08, voice) administrative director of the Historical Performance program, gave the preconcert talk at a performance of Handel’s Rademisto at Carnegie Hall.


In February, third-year drama student Lars Berge worked as a dialect coach (Norwegian) for Johnny Lee Miller, who plays Sherlock Holmes in the CBS show Elementary.

On May 10, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert by third-year composition student Peng-Peng Gong (Pre-College ’10)The program will include his Symphony No. 3, A Hero’s Tear, and Piano Concerto No. 3, Zhonghua Chronicles, for which he will be the soloist. 

In January at New York’s the Stone, piano doctoral candidate Conor Hanick stepped in as a last-minute substitute on a series at that was programmed by David Fulmer (MM ’06, DMA ’11, composition). Hanick performed Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano by John Cage, which Cage had dedicated to former faculty member Maro Ajemian (’37, piano).

In January, second-year master’s singer Tobias Greenhalgh took first place in the opera division at the Liederkranz Vocal Competition held in New York. He will perform at the winner’s recital on March 23 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

In May, fourth-year dancer Garth Johnson will begin performing the role of Boy Witch in Punchdrunk Theater’sSleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City. 

Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet, the Attacca—comprised of Amy Schroeder (BM ’06, MM ’08, violin) and Keiko Tokunaga (Pre-College ’03; BM ’07, MM ’08 violin), Luke Fleming (MM ’07, viola), and Andrew Yee (BM ’06, MM ’08, cello)—will release a CD of the complete string quartets of John Adams (Azica Records) featuring the premiere recording of Fellow Traveler. The quartet will give a CD release concert at Le Poisson Rouge on March 26.

In January, second-year students Angela Vallone (voice), Michael Chiarello (Pre-College ’11; double bass), and Samuel Averbach-Katz (violin) organized Songs for Sandy, a benefit concert in Demarest, N.J., to raise funds for hurricane relief. Collaborative Piano faculty member Jonathan Feldman (Pre-College ’70, BM ’75, piano) accompanied them.

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